The Bucharest Water Fountains are elegant and impressive…but don’t miss the evening performance
By day the Bucharest water fountains are elegant and impressive. By night, the fountains really come alive.
The Bucharest water fountains in Unirii Square is one of the most impressive choreographed water displays in the world. If you travel to Bucharest, Romania, this is one of the top attractions you simply must not miss. Ensconced within a massive roundabout, the series of pools that make up the Bucharest water fountains is closed to traffic seasonally three nights a week for an evening spectacle that will knock your socks off.
Completely reconstructed in 2018, the colossal ensemble of 17 fountains wows onlookers, especially during the evening show on Friday, Saturday and Sundays. The Bucharest water fountains and the weekend show are open from May through October. The show itself begins at 9:30pm and ends at 10:15pm (times may vary depending on the season). The fountains however run 7 days a week and are quite a sight even during the daylight hours.
In the evening during the weekends, the fountains really come alive when lights and choreographed movements put on a spectacle of a show. The entire 45 minute set is broken up into unique segments, performing a performance to a list of popular songs from Queen, Michael Jackson, AC/DC and about a dozen others. The only two newer songs are from the Game of Thrones and Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga. The grand finale is “We are the Champions” by Queen, followed by an encore, which is a classical song by famous Romanian composer, George Enescu.
During the evening shows, police shut down the roads to the round-about in which the fountains are surround. This enables hordes of onlookers to get a good view of the show. Most people gravitate toward the main fountain, but after attending four times, I can attest that there is no bad spot to watch the show. As a matter of fact, the eyes cannot take in the entire display, so it’s best to move around a bit to get different vantage points.
Bucharest Water Fountains Visitor Tips:
- The fountain pools have room to sit on the edge, if you want a spot, arrive at least 30 minutes early.
- Don’t stay in the same spot during the show, move around so you can get different vantages.
- East side of the fountains have the fewest amount of people.
- Check out the holograms on display during the evening shows in the main fountain area.
The reconstruction of the Bucharest water fountains cost around 10 million Euro, which has a lot of locals up in arms. Many think the money could have been better spent elsewhere. Those opinions seem incredibly short-sided to me. As a professional travel blogger, I know how much tourism means for the economic health of a destination. The money spent on the Bucharest water fountains was a very sound investment that will pay dividends for many, many years to come. As a world traveler and highly accomplished travel blogger, these are the types of remarkable attractions that we get excited to see and share with the world.
If you’ve ever seen the Bucharest water fountains, and/or evening show, I would love to hear your thoughts. Please leave a comment below. If you’re interested in visiting this part of the world, don’t miss reading my Romania Road Trip guide and watching the video.